‘We’re going to change the culture here’

Published: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 01:44 PM.

“I’m on annual contract if we don’t perform than you know what to do,” he told school board members. “I’m telling you it’s going to improve.

“We have those babies longer than those parents do,” he said. “There’s no excuse for not knowing every strength and every weakness they have. We’re not going to make excuses; they’re going to make the gains and achieve the scores they should achieve.”

County Attorney Barbara Sanders asked about teacher evaluations, which state data in 2011-12 showed that 31 of the 96 teachers in the district were not evaluated, and that of the remainder, four were deemed highly effective, 19 were effective and 42 needed improvement.

“Are we going to have real evaluations this year?” Sanders asked.

“If not I’m going home,” replied Bidwell.

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